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Take the Stress Out of Planning a Vacation

Spring has officially arrived. We’ve pushed the clock a dreaded hour forward and are now gifted with longer days and more sunlight. Warmer weather is on the way, which means a family vacation is long overdue.

Whether you’re looking for an adventurous vacation out in the woods or a relaxing time at the beach, LivingSocial has a variety of family-friendly vacations that take the stress out of planning, allowing you to focus more on your time off with your family.

Take a trip to Yosemite National Park where you can take in the beauty of Bridalveil Falls or Mirror Lake. The Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging has a variety of lodging options from yurts for up to five, cabin lodging for up to eight, and an option between a retro or class trailer for up to six. In addition to the popular hiking trails, families can spend time at the resort in the games area playing volleyball, bocce, or horseshoes. At night, take in the stars and spend time by the fire rings in the group camping area.

Families looking for a beach alternative must checkout the all-inclusive five-day trip to Melia Nassau Beach Resort promotion. The escape package includes a round-trip international economy class flight from a number of large cities and double-occupancy accommodations for four nights in a deluxe pool-view room with room service. Lay by the beach as the kids spend time at a kids club at the resort. There is surely something for everyone.

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If you’d like to see more family-friendly vacation options, make sure to check out LivingSocial’s summer family fun page.

Spring into a Clean Home

It’s officially Spring and what better time to get clean and organized with these sparkling-fresh deals on our site!

Down in Atlanta, we have a great deal that lets you choose from one or two bedrooms for two hours, or three to four bedrooms for three hours of house cleaning. Get your house spick and span with a clean look for the season! Starting at $59.99, you should hop on this deal soon.

In Los Angeles, we’re offering three hours of deep-cleaning, three hours of deep cleaning for move-in or move-out, or two hours of house organization with two cleaners. If you’re too busy with work or personal life and have no time to organize, have professionals do the dirty work for you! This house cleaning service ranges from $59-$99 on our site. Purchase quick and book an appointment now.

Continuing on up the West Coast, Portland has a deal that you don’t want to miss out on either. Two, three or four hours of house cleaning with two cleaners for each option, will definitely get the job done right. Before purchasing, make sure to check and see if your zip code is covered in their service area.

Take a break, kick back and enjoy these cleaning services and others in cities nationwide on LivingSocial.com.

Happy Spring!

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5 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas to Make You Feel Lucky

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve got a few ideas to bring you the luck of the Irish:

  1. Green beer is pretty much a St. Paddy’s Day staple. Making it is easy! Choose a beer, preferably a light-colored variety, and pour it slowly into a pint glass, at an angle to avoid too much foam building up. Just add green colored food dye, stir, and voila! – you are ready to get your green beer on. Perfect for a party or a pregame.
  2. Serve up a traditional Irish feast. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t just have to be about drinking. Have some friends and family over for bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, stew, and Shepherd’s Pie. We snagged a few Irish-inspired recipes from the Food Network to get you started – and if you’re not much of a cook or want to seek the authentic experience outside of your home, find a restaurant near you serving St. Patrick’s Day specials.
  3. Watch a classic Irish movie. Get in the festive spirit with The Quiet Man, Brooklyn, or The Boondock Saints. Enjoy your flick of choice with a glass of Guinness or your own batch of green beer!
  4. Plan your trip to Ireland. Go big or go home, amirite? Ireland is home to gorgeous landscapes, medieval castles, and the rich Irish culture that makes St. Patrick’s day the perfect timing to start planning.
  5. Get your leprechaun on at a local bar crawl or beer festival. Dress in green, pep yourself up with an Irish coffee, grab your friends and go! St. Patrick’s Day, after all, is the perfect excuse for indulging on beer and whiskey with your crew.

Whatever your interests, wherever you are, browse our deals to find something fun to do this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Celebrate National Meatball Day—with a Trip to Italy!

You might be tempted to 9cf7f832-4ba3-4b49-b073-001a9b0a05ce-600_q50slurp up pasta with savory meatballs this year for National Meatball Day, but LivingSocial has a tasty alternative for our travel-loving friends. Sink your teeth into two of our best travel deals to Italy, where you’ll get the chance to try your very own authentic Italian meatballs.

First up is a cyclist’s dream—a six-day trip to Rimini, one of Italy’s most idyllic seaside villages. Discover a side to this gorgeous country rarely seen by your average tourist, like famous historic sites and beautiful beaches, during this tour from Battaglin USA. Whether you’re a novice or an expert biker, this trip is perfect for you—and even non-cyclist tours are offered by these pros.

During your trip, you’ll climb rolling hills and coast into lush valleys along several of the same routes followed by the annually-held world-class cycling event Giro d’Italia. Sample primo Italian vino at a local winery and learn how to make Italian meatballs of your very own during an authentic Italian cooking class. When you’re all tuckered out from a day of cycling and sightseeing, you’ll be able to kick back in your four-star accommodations at a seaside hotel.572b7256-5746-43c5-bcaa-3805b54b8e43-700

If a six-day cycling trip to one of Italy’s lesser-known villages isn’t your cup of espresso, customize your own trip with this deal at the Rome Cavalieri. One of Waldorf Astoria’s luxe hotels, the Cavalieri is set inside a 15-acre Mediterranean park on Rome’s highest hilltop with a panoramic view of the Eternal City. This hotel is just a 15-minute shuttle ride to one of Rome’s hottest historic sites—the Piazza Barberini next to the Spanish Steps.

With all of Rome right outside your window, it might be hard to believe that the Cavalieri has even more to offer its guests. Well, think again! The Rome Cavalieri is home to the world’s most prestigious art collection housed within a hotel, meaning you don’t even need to venture outside to find all the culture it has to offer. Its in-house restaurant, La Pergola, has three Michelin stars and is considered one of the finest in Rome. Kick back in any of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including the award-winning Cavalieri Grand Spa Club. Relax in a turkish bath or sauna, take a few laps in the indoor or outdoor pool, play a game of tennis, or even climb the rock wall.

You’ll get a lot more than meatballs if you use either of these Italian vacations to celebrate National Meatball Day—but if you want a more immediate remedy to satiate your cravings, check out our Restaurants page to find some fantastic Italian restaurants near you!

Welcome Spring with This Zesty (and Vegetarian) Meal

If you’re ready for some springtime munching, it’s time to treat yourself to a spicy, Tex-Mex inspired dish—paired with a homemade margarita—to warm your spirits.

And don’t worry: this recipe is quick, easy, and tasty. With only a few simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip everything up in about 30 minutes.

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“Kale del Sur” Bowl

This dish blends hearty ingredients with classic south-of-the-border flavors, providing tons of nutrients without sacrificing any taste.

Ingredients:

• 2 Cups of Brown Rice

• 2 Cans of Black Beans

• 1 Bag of Frozen Kale

• Cumin

• Olive Oil

• 1 Tablespoon of Minced Garlic

• Red Pepper Flakes

• Hot Sauce

• 1 Avocado

• Queso Fresco (Optional)

• Sour Cream (Optional)

 

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil, then cook the rice according to your package’s instructions. It should be tender and fluffy when it’s finished—this typically takes about 20 minutes.

Then, in a sauté pan, heat the oil and garlic until fragrant. Stir in the kale until it’s wilted, then stir in the black beans as well. Add cumin, salt, red pepper flakes, and chili powder to taste. Allow the mixture to cook for about five minutes, then cover and remove from heat.

When your rice is ready, blend-in the bean mixture. Serve on a large plate, then top with queso fresco, hot sauce, and sour cream. Finish it up by slicing and placing an avocado on top. Serves two.
Strawberry Margarita

Now that the food’s ready, it’s time to make a tasty drink. This one’s pretty simple—it requires fruit and a few basic ingredients.

Ingredients:

• 2 Cups of Frozen Strawberries

• 1 Lime

• Salt

• Sugar

• Triple Sec

• Tequila

• Ice

 

Directions:

Grab your favorite blender and add a little bit of ice. Place the strawberries on top of the ice, then sprinkle sugar on the mixture. Squeeze half a lime into the blender, then add one measure of triple sec and four measures of tequila.

When that’s all set, blend the mixture and serve in a fun glass. Add lime juice and salt around the rim for an extra dash of flavor. Serves two.